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10 Days in Europe: 5 Amazing Itineraries

Julie Itinerary, Travel Inspiration 116 Comments

Europe is such a joy to explore. With world-class cities, medieval towns, the towering, snowcapped Alps, gorgeous beaches, and some of the world’s most delicious food, these are the perfect ingredients for your next vacation. If you want to spend 10 days in Europe, we have five amazing itineraries with some of Europe’s most popular destinations. These itineraries are perfect if it is your first time in Europe or if you need a little travel inspiration to plan your next trip.

10 Days in Europe: Sample Itineraries

London & Paris: Two of Europe’s Great Cities

This is a great introduction to Europe. By starting in London, you get your first taste of Europe without a language barrier. Ride the London Eye, tour the Tower of London, explore the amazing British Museum, ride the Underground, and even take the double-decker bus tour through the city. Travel by Chunnel to get to Paris and spend several days exploring this gorgeous city.

London & Paris

  • Day 1:  Arrive in London
  • Days 2, 3, 4 & 5:   Explore London, consider a daytrip to Bath, Stonehenge, or Windsor Castle
  • Day 6:  Train to Paris in the morning
  • Day 7, 8 & 9:  Paris
  • Day 10:  Fly home

Read the full itinerary: 10 Day London Paris Itinerary

Related:  10 Day London Amsterdam Paris Itinerary

Tower bridge in London.

London Bridge

Overlooking Paris from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.

Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Notre Dame


Scandinavian Explorer: Copenhagen, Stockholm, & Oslo

Explore three of Scandinavia’s great cities on this itinerary.

Copenhagen, Stockholm, & Oslo

  • Day 1:  Arrive in Copenhagen
  • Days 2 & 3:  Explore Copenhagen
  • Day 4:  Fly to Stockholm, explore Stockholm
  • Days 5 & 6:   Stockholm
  • Day 7:  Fly to Oslo
  • Day 8:  Oslo
  • Day 9:  Norway in a Nutshell
  • Day 10:  Fly home

 

Copenhagen is a delight, with its picturesque harbor called Nyhavn. If you are traveling as a family, kids will love Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest amusement parks in the world.

Nyhavn Harbor

 

Stockholm is a gorgeous city. Stroll through Gamla Stan, visit City Hall (where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded every year), and take a day cruise through the archipelago.

Stockholm Sweden

 

Then, hop over to Oslo, Norway. Learn about Vikings, visit a ski jump, and then take the Norway in a Nutshell cruise to sneak a peek at the fjords.

Norway Fjord


 A Taste of Italy: Rome, Florence, & Venice

Who doesn’t dream of touring Italy? Ten days is just enough time to get a taste of this country. Rome, Florence, and Venice are three of Italy’s most popular cities, places that many travelers feel like they must see. Here’s how to do it.

A Taste of Italy

  • Day 1:  Arrive in Rome
  • Day 2:  Rome
  • Day 3:  Rome, take a train to Florence in the evening
  • Days 4, 5, & 6:   Florence and Tuscany
  • Day 7:   Train to Venice
  • Day 8 & 9:  Venice
  • Day 10:  Fly home

Florence deserves the biggest chunk of time in this itinerary. Spend at least one day exploring Florence, and then use your extra days to take daytrips into Tuscany, visiting Siena and the other hill towns. You can do this on your own by renting a car or using the public buses (but this was a nightmare in our experience…we highly recommend renting your own car or hiring a driver while in Tuscany!).

Rome

Overlooking Rome

San Gimignano in Tuscany

Tuscany

Florence

Overlooking Florence

Venice

Venice Sunset 2

If you have more than 10 days, considering adding in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, the Cinque Terre, or the Dolomites into your itinerary.

Want more itinerary ideas for Italy? Read our post: 10 Days in Italy: 3 Amazing Itineraries


Amsterdam, Brussels, & Paris

On this itinerary, three cities are connected with short train rides. Travel time is low which means you have plenty of time to explore these three cities. If you are planning to travel to Europe in April, this itinerary gets our vote. In April, the bulbs are blooming in The Netherlands and it is a sight to see!

Keukenhof

Keukenhof, the Netherlands in April

Amsterdam, Brussels, & Paris

  • Day 1:  Arrive in Amsterdam
  • Day 2:  Amsterdam
  • Day 3:  Day Trip in the Netherlands
  • Day 4:  Amsterdam with an afternoon train to Brussels
  • Day 5:  Brussels
  • Day 6:  Bruges and Ghent
  • Day 7, 8, & 9:   Paris
  • Day 10:  Fly Home

Read the full itinerary: 10 Day Amsterdam Brussels Paris Itinerary

Walk, cruise, or cycle along the canals in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Itinerary

Get a bird’s eye view over Ghent, Belgium.

Ghent Itinerary

Visit the Louvre in Paris.

Louvre Paris

Read more about Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris:


Coastal Explorer: Barcelona & the French Riviera

On this itinerary, tour one of Europe’s great cities and then explore the glitzy, gorgeous French Riviera. Dine on gourmet cuisine, drink fine wines, relax on the beach, and get a taste of the good life.

Barcelona & The French Riviera

  • Day 1:  Arrive in Barcelona
  • Days 2, 3, 4, & 5:  Barcelona plus daytrips
  • Day 6:   Travel to Nice, France
  • Day 7, 8, & 9:  French Riviera
  • Day 10:  Fly home

Barcelona needs at least two days of your time to see the best of it. There are also great daytrips you can take from Barcelona, such as visiting Montserrat, Girona, Costa Brava, and Tarragona.

Barcelona

Barcelona Spain

In the French Riviera, Nice is a great city to make your home base. From Nice, you can easily get to the other coastal cities, such as Cannes, Antibes, Monaco, and Villefranche-sur-Mer by train. Or, if you want, rent a car, which gives you more freedom and a chance to hit some of the hillside towns. Nice has an international airport, convenient for your flight home.

Villefranche-sur-Mer

Villefranche


More European Itineraries 

There are endless ways to piece together itineraries for 10 days in Europe, these are just five of our recommendations. However, if you need even more ideas, check these out:

10 Day Bavaria Itinerary
10 Day Norway Itinerary
10 Day Scotland Itinerary
10 Day Central Europe Itinerary: Budapest, Vienna, & Prague
11 Day Balkan Peninsula Itinerary: Croatia, Montenegro, and Bosnia & Herzegovina

 

10 Days in Europe Travel Itineraries

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  1. These places looks amazing! Planning to travel in Rome with my friends. I hope you could give us some advice since it’s our first time traveling there.

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  2. Great Post, got some good ideas from it and the comments.

    I am planning a 10-12 days trip with my GF in early march to Europe.

    The initial idea is 3 Days London, 3 days Paris, and we are still undecided about the next 3 days.

    My girlfriend suggested going Swiss Alps because she want’s snow, ski and stuff (we are from Brazil, so we don’t get much of that here)

    But i’ve seen you suggesting Amsterdan a lot.

    We are very active persons, and we like very fast paced travels.

    So any suggestions? Maybe squeezing something more in the itinerary?

    Thanks =)

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      You could probably squeeze in the Alps…that sounds nice. I think you’re fine to ski in March just double check how late ski season typically runs. The Dolomites and the mountains of Slovenia are also good spots to go skiing from what I have read. Early March can be a little tricky for outdoor activities…you won’t be able to hike the mountains this early in the year from what I know, not only in the Alps but at other spots in Europe. Amsterdam is great simply because it is so easy to get to from London and Paris. Or you could really add in one more city in Europe and take day trips from here (ideas include Barcelona, Lisbon, Edinburgh, Prague, or Munich). Cheers, Julie

  3. Hi Julie,
    Great post ! I hope you can help me with planning my trip in August first week.
    I will be traveling to London for some business and would explore that in between work. And after that I am planning to take 8 days tour of Europe. I am 22 years old girl traveling alone and on a budget of $1500, but can stretch as I want to squeeze in as many places as I can in these 8 days. My return flight is from London. Please give your recommendations. Thanks in advance 🙂

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      Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam are very easy to get to by train from London and they are very fun to visit. From London, you can also take cheap flights to almost anywhere in Europe. You options are endless. With 8 days, you can visit 2 to 3 places that are near one another or visit 2 cities that are farther apart and connect them by train or plane. You could fly to Rome, travel to Florence and Venice by train, and fly back to London. You won’t have much time in each town but you would catch some highlights of Italy. Cheers, Julie

  4. My husband, teenage daughters and I are planning a 10 day European trip in July, 2019. We are thinking London and Paris, but I’d love to squeeze in 1 more spot on the trip.

    I’ve read the reviews and see that you recommend those 2 cities alone, without a 3rd stop, in that day span, but since we don’t have an interest in day trips to Windsor Castle, etc., is there a 3rd spot you would recommend? I’m undecided if it should be somewhere where we can access the Chunnel (Brussels or Amsterdam) or use the speed train to Barcelona. By the way, I’ve been to all of the above locations, including Windsor, except for Amsterdam; they’ve not been to any of them.

    Would love to get your thoughts!

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      You can fit in another city. Amsterdam works perfectly and you can go London – chunnel – Paris – high speed train – Amsterdam or swap Amsterdam and Paris. Brussels works well too. If you haven’t been to Amsterdam…go!! I love it here. Two days is enough time. I think you will lose a lot of time traveling to Barcelona so I don’t know if Barcelona is worth it, and I think you should have at least 3 days there to make it worth it. In the next few weeks I plan on writing a London Amsterdam Paris itinerary, simply because so many people ask about it. It may come out too late for your planning, but we do have separate itinerary posts on Paris, London, and Amsterdam which you can use right now. Have fun planning and let us know if you have more questions! Cheers, Julie

  5. Hi Julie. Great site and suggestions! Last year we did Paris for 4 nights, fast train to Barcelona and stayed there for 5. We are not too much into museums, historical sights etc.. We love scenic train rides, classic-modern cities like Barcelona & Paris.. we like day trips, villages with views and open air buses. We were thinking of italy Tuscany/Florence, Lake Como and maybe over the Italian Alps into Switzerland… we’re open to other suggestions and have thought about Amsterdam… flexible for 10-12 days. Thanks, John A.

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      I think a Tuscany/Como/Switzerland trip sounds amazing. It would be much different than visiting two big cities and you will have to book more hotels, but what a gorgeous part of Europe! With 10 days, I don’t think you would have enough time to really see Switzerland. While in Como, you could cross the border and see Lugano. And you could also drive west to Geneva, Switzerland and Chamonix or Annecy, France.

      Another option, sticking to 2 or 3 big cities, is a Prague – Wroclaw – Krakow trip or you could take a look at our 10 day central Europe itinerary (Budapest, Vienna, Prague). A London – Amsterdam trip with day trips in England and the Netherlands would be very nice. The combinations are endless. We do not have info on this site yet about Poland but we will be there this summer.

      Cheers, Julie

  6. Thanks for some of the amazing Itineraries guys!
    We are a family of 3 , me , my wife and 5 year old daughter from HK (But we are Indians).

    Plan for a Euro trip in July 2018 , with details as :-
    1. Hong Kong to Zurich , arrive 7 am 19th July
    2. Zurich to Rome , arrive Rome on 24th July 2:30 PM
    3. Rome to Hong Kong – 1PM return flight on 28th July 2018.

    Our Initial plan is to Stay is Luzern while in Switzerland and when in Italy spend a 1.5 days in Florence and rest in Rome.

    I would seek your help for the following :-
    a) Can you pls. advise an best Itinerary w.r.t Swiss and Rome considering a 5 year old girl who is very keen to play snow games. I am not into adventure or Hiking stuff.
    b) I assume we would have 1/2 hand carry bags and 2 suitcases weighing 30Kgs each…is it convenient to travel in trains e.g. Zurich Airport to Luzern or Rome to Florence
    with those suitcases together?
    c) Any recommendation for Hotels w/ breakfast , we don’t eat beef , pork , seafood stuff like prawns , lobsters etc. but do eat chicken and some fish…so a veg menu or a western menu / Italian veg pasta noodles , bread , pizzas etc. should work wonders for us…
    so , any suggestion which area should we put up for convenience sake like dinner or lunch etc..
    d) For this trip for us 3 how much Swiss Franc and Italian Lira or Euro would you recommend me to carry for daily needs and travel / tickets etc…we both have international credit cards …Initially I am thinking 1500 CHF and 1000 Euro?

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      Hello Shubh. It looks like this will be a nice trip. Unfortunately, we have not been to Switzerland yet so I am not going to be much help for this portion of your itinerary. Consider looking at other blogs or buying a good travel guide (we are big fans of Rick Steves for European destinations). On the trains there is a luggage compartment for each car. Simply put your luggage here when you board the trains. Keep your handbags with you (you can put these on the shelf over your seats). I don’t have any specific restaurant suggestions but you should have no problems finding restaurants that serve vegetarian meals in Italy. We just got back from a 10 day trip to Europe and only spent about a few hundred euros (in cash) total. Mostly, we use a credit card to pay for everything. We have a bank card and we withdraw roughly 200 euros when needed. Cheers, Julie

  7. I love this site! So many good ideas, thank you for sharing all of this. I just booked flights from DC to London, then return from Paris. I have 24 hours to change that if I want….should I keep it or change to Dublin? We have 10 nights (June 18-29). 3 kids (15, 13, 8) and hubby. We’re all adventurous and will want to stay busy every day. What do you recommend? Thank you so much.

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      Hi Keli. Ooohhh…both are amazing trips and both are good for very different reasons. Go to London and Paris if you want to tour big cities with iconic sites, great food, and history. Our kids loved London and Paris when we went (they were just 8 and 9 years old). They got to see places they learned about in school and see on TV (Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral…Harry Potter sites and tours in London…). However, go to Ireland if you want to see small towns, add some adventure to your trip, see wild coastal scenery, and meet some very friendly people. You can’t go wrong with whatever you decide. Do you have time for a family vote? Whatever you can’t do this year, maybe you can do next year. Good luck in making your decision, and feel free to write back if you have any questions. Cheers, Julie

  8. I came to your site searching for some Europe trip planning ideas and did find your article interesting. I am planning a 9 day Europe trip during end of May this year as a first timer from UK. I would like to include Paris and Switzerland as mandatory in my itinerary but really confused on what other countries I can cover. I would love to include Italy if possible but it seems there is lot to see in the country and distance between cities are far. Or should I exclude Italy in this this trip and make it as Germany, Amsterdam, Brussels and back to UK.
    We are planning this a family trip along with my 4yrs old kid.
    Any suggestions would really be helpful for me…

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      If Paris and Switzerland are mandatory, these have more than enough to do to fill 9 days of your time. Spend 2 to 3 days in Paris and then spend the rest of your time in Switzerland. Italy will have to be its own trip sometime in the future.

      Or, you could do 2-3 days in Amsterdam, 2 days in Brussels, and 4 to 5 days in Germany. Choose whatever sounds the most interesting to you. I know it’s tempting to squeeze in as much as possible, but you (and your child) will enjoy the trip much more without making this a very fast, whirlwind tour of Europe. Cheers, Julie

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